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Tag: Elections 2019

Blast outside polling booth in Maharashtra

Nagpur: A blast took place outside a polling station in Maoist-infested Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Thursday afternoon, official sources said. No casualty was reported. The explosion occurred outside the Vaghzari polling booth in the Etapalli sub-division where a few people were queued for exercising their franchise for the Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha seat. The blast was […]

Sonia Gandhi kicks-off roadshow in Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli: A day after her son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination from Amethi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi kicked-off her roadshow here before filing her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi, who left from the Bhuyemau guest house at around 11.45 a.m., first performed a ‘havan’ near the Mohan Singh […]

Vote for soul of India, Rahul Gandhi tells voters

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust […]

PM Modi urges people to vote in record numbers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged voters to turn out in record numbers as polling for the 91 seats in first phase of parliamentary elections began across 18 states and two union territories. “I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record […]

Audi driver gives flying squad a slip, abandons bag containing Rs 27 lakh

Rourkela: A special flying squad for elections today recovered cash worth Rs 27.49 lakh during inspection of vehicles at Mahapani chhak in Bisra area of Rourkela. The seizure took place after the driver of an Audi car abandoned the bag with cash and fled the scene along with the vehicle. Biswaranjan Rath, Nodal Officer of […]

Elections 2019: All set for Phase 1 polls in Odisha

Malkangiri/Jeypore/Bhawanipatna: Preparations of polling personnel reached final stages at the four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies of Odisha going to polls in the first phase tomorrow. Following the death of BJP MLA and three PSOs in Maoist attack in Dantewada of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, security has been tightened across the State, particularly in the […]

Odisha elections 2019
Odisha Elections 2019: A Look At Heavyweights of 1st Phase Polls

Bhubaneswar: The battle of ballot is all set to begin with the commencement of the 1st phase polls tomorrow. The voters in Odisha will choose their representatives for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies in the first phase, April 11. All eyes are now on the top candidates of the major political parties whose […]

Odisha BJP targets BJD
Odisha Govt logo on BJD Manifesto? BJP alleges MCC violation

Bhubaneswar: A BJP delegation on Wednesday met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing the BJD of violating the model code of conduct (MCC). The BJP alleged that the ruling-party has violated the MCC by putting Odisha government’s logo and website number in its manifesto for the ensuing polls. The delegation led by Odisha BJP vice-president, […]

Elections 2019: Rs 2 lakh cash seized from vehicle of BJD MLA candidate

Kalahandi: With just a day before the first phase polls in the State, the Election Commission flying squad today seized unaccounted cash worth Rs 2 lakh from the vehicle of Pradeep Dishari, BJD’s candidate from Lanjigarh  Assembly constituency, near Jayapatna area in the district. According to sources, Dishari along with his four associates were in […]

BJD mollifies Shipra Mallick to withdraw nomination?

Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: Post the exodus of senior leaders, ruling BJD seems to be in fire-fighting mode. The party leaves no stone unturned to  avoid vote split in the elections. This is what is being discernible after former Kendrapara MLA and BJD leader Shipra Mallick decided to withdraw her nomination today. Mallick had filed nomination as independent […]

2 arrested for posting obscene video of Lok Sabha candidate on social media

Keonjhar: The Town Police on Wednesday arrested two persons on charges of posting obscene videos of a female Lok Sabha contestant on social media. The two accused, Bishnudatta Barik and Jaydev Giri, were arrested based on a police complaint lodged by the uncle of the contestant. Briefing media persons, Keonjhar SDPO Prakash James Toppo said […]

Op-Ed: Dealing With Red Terror

Bhubaneswar: The Maoist attack in Chhatisgarh’s Dantewada that killed a BJP MLA on the campaign trail and four members of his security detail comes as proof that Red terror looms large over these elections. A few years ago almost the entire senior Congress leadership of the state had been wiped out in a Maoist ambush […]

Stage set for polling in 91 LS seats, 4 Assemblies

New Delhi: The stage is set for polling in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies across 20 states and Union Territories on Thursday in the first of seven-phased polls to elect a new government at the Centre. Voting for Assembly polls will also be held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and the first phase of Odisha. […]

BJD president & CM Naveen to campaign in Sundergarh today

Sundergarh: BJD president and CM Naveen Patnaik will visit Sundergarh today to attend multiple roadshows and public rallies as part of his party’s election campaign in the segment today which will go to polls in the second phase. According to the itinerary, Patnaik will kick off the campaign with a public meeting at Hemgiri area […]

Fight over KALIA: BJP hits out at Naveen govt, calls it a ‘propagandist scheme’

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today came down on Odisha government for blaming it over stalling of Kalia fund disbursements. Alleging that the much touted scheme is a ‘propagandist’ scheme of Naveen government to fool people, Union Minister Dharmedra Pradhan said the scheme will prove a bane for the BJD government. Answering media on […]

Basic facilities mandatory at all poll booths: EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday directed all the states and union territories across the country to ensure Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) at all polling stations for the convenience of the voters. The EC, in an official statement to the chief electoral officers, listed the facilities to be provided on the voting day […]

Chhattisgarh encounter
Cast votes without fear, BSF tells people in Maoist-hit Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The BSF has called on people living in Maoist-affected areas of Odisha to cast their votes without fear, claiming that their participation will send a “clear message” to the extremists that violence and intimidation will no longer be accepted in the state. Election in 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha […]

Hathras Impact On Bihar Bypolls: Congress Won't Give Tickets To Those Tainted With Crimes Against Women
Op-Ed: Congress Refuses To Change

Bhubaneswar: The old adage ‘the more things change the more they remain the same,’ seems quite applicable in the case of Congress in Odisha. The appointment of veteran, Niranjan  Patnaik as the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC)  president before the announcement of elections was supposed to rejuvenate the party in the state. The move had enthused […]

Odisha Mahila Congress chief Sumitra Jena quits party

Bhubaneswar: Rising dissidence within the Odisha Congress is not only putting it in a continuous disarray but has also dealt a huge setback to the party as Mahila Pradesh Congress president Sumitra Jena today resigned from the primary membership of the party and quit her post citing indifference with the State party leadership. Coming down […]

Naveen seeks Manikeshwari blessings before campaigning at Kalahandi

Kalahandi/Bhubaneswar: While all the political parties have rolled up their sleeves to intensify campaigns on the last day of campaigning for first phase polls in Odisha, Chief Minister and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik has been campaigning for party’s Lok Sabha and assembly candidates in Kalahandi district for the second consecutive day […]

Campaigning for 1st phase polls in 4 LS constituencies of Odisha ends today

Bhubaneswar: Candidates of political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters with hardly few hours left before campaigning for the first phase elections ends today. Four Lok Sabha seats-Kalahandi, Nabarangpur,Berhampur and Koraput which means  28 of 147 Assembly segments under their jurisdiction will go to polls in the State on April 11. As […]

Worth the whistle! LS candidate in Odisha blows whistle to connect with voters

Keonjhar: In a unique election campaign, an independent candidate from the Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha, is drawing some attention by blowing whistle to connect with voters. Sudarshan Lohar who is contesting as an independent candidate from Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency has gone for the whistle as his election symbol and he his making […]

BJP manifesto short sighted, arrogant: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed the Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto as short sighted, terming it arrogant and reflecting voice of an isolated man. “The BJP manifesto was created in a closed room. The voice of an isolated man, it is short sighted and arrogant,” Gandhi tweeted. The Congress manifesto was created […]

Dama Rout’s daughter Pritinanda pulls out of poll fray

Bhubaneswar:  With just a few days to go for the elections, senior BJP leader Damodar Rout’s daughter Pritinanda Routray has withdrawn her nomination and announced that she will no more contest the 2019 polls. According to sources, Pritinanda, who had filed nomination as an independent candidate from Bhubaneswar-North Assembly constituency, took the decision following delay […]

Most voters satisfied with performance of PM Modi: Survey

New Delhi: Around half of the voters surveyed by CVOTER-IANS continue to be very satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The poll tracker interviewed 12,050 voters on April 4 and found that 50.95 per cent of them said they were very satisfied with the performance of the Prime Minister while another 22.49 […]

Reel Vs Real Hero: Is Babusan’s campaigning in Kendrapara making Anubhav jittery?

Bhubaneswar: Ever since the BJP and BJD declared their candidates for Kendrapara parliamentary constituency, the segment, one of the most sensitive among the coastal belts, undoubtedly has turned out to be the political hotbed of Odisha. On one side is BJP’s heavyweight Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, the former Kendrapara MP who has served two consecutive LS […]

Elections 2019: BJD fields Shashi Bhusan Behera from Kendrapara Assembly seat

Kendrapara: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has fielded incumbent Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera as its candidate from Kendrapara Assembly constituency. Party’s State secretary Bijay Nayak informed about the decision in a press statement, yesterday. With the selection of Shashi Bhusan’s name by the CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, the ruling party has announced […]

Bureaucracy doesn’t run Odisha, it’s me & my ministers who do: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing perceptions that Odisha is being run by the bureaucrats led by a coterie, Odisha CM and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today categorically refuted such charges. Terming it as a misconception, Patnaik said that it’s the government, ministers and him who are running the State. In an interview with the managing editor of […]

Sumitra Jena targets Niranjan Patnaik
OPCC chief has done injustice to aspiring women candidates: Sumitra Jena

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Mahila Congress President Sumitra Jena today tore apart OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik and his son Navajyoti Patnaik when she accused them of giving tickets only to those who are financially well-off. Aggrieved over the distribution of tickets among the male and female candidates by the AICC in various Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies […]

Jay panda nomination
Heavyweights including Jay Panda, Niranjan Patnaik file nominations

Kendrapara: BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate, Baijayant Jay Panda, today filed his nomination from Kendrapara constituency in a huge rally amid presence of thousands of supporters. Soon after filing his nomination, the BJP leader lashed out at his opponents and said “Those members who were hurling eggs and stones at me after not receiving pc, can […]

Op-Ed: Popular anger may cost BJD dear this time

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik seems to be fighting the toughest battle of his entire political career in these elections which would be the true test of his popularity with anti-incumbency factor visible across the state. In the past the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) used to boast about Odisha bucking the anti-incumbency trend and […]

VVPAT: SC orders 5 checks in every Assembly segment

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday increased voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) from one EVM per Assembly segment to five randomly selected Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The court said this was being done to ensure the greatest degree of accuracy and satisfaction in the election process. The court’s direction came on a plea by […]

RJD releases party manifesto, promises reservation

Patna: Bihar’s opposition Rashtiya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday released its election manifesto for the coming Lok Sabha polls, where it has promised reservation for the Dalits, OBCs, EBCs and tribals in the private sectors RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who released the manifesto at the party headquarters here, said the main aim was to provide “bread […]

PM Modi releases BJP's manifesto in New Delhi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the BJP’s manifesto in the presence of senior party leaders, including president Amit Shah who said the ‘Sankalp Patra’ makes 75 pledges and promises to fulfil all expectations of the people. The ‘Sankalp Patra’ (document of resolution) comes three days before the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections […]

Despite seat-sharing with JMM, Congress fields candidate from Morada Assembly seat

Mayurbhanj: Despite seat-sharing arrangement with regional party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in Mayurbhanj Parliamentary segment, the Congress has fielded its candidate from Morada Assembly constituency. On Sunday, the Congress announced Pravash Kar Mohapatra as its candidate from Morada Assembly seat falling under the Mayurbhanj Parliamentary constituency. Sources said, after discussion between the two parties on […]

Infighting in BJD: Kantamal MLA candidate's vehicle vandalised

Boudh: As elections are getting closer, intra-party fighting in BJD only seems to be intensifying. A group of BJD workers allegedly damaged the vehicle of Kantamal MLA candidate Mahidhar Rana in Ratakhandi village under Ghikundi panchayat in Boudh today. According to sources, the incident took place during the poll campaigning of Rana when supporters of […]

Naveen disrespects & backstabs associates: Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah today slammed the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha over mining and chit fund scams. He also alleged that the BJD chief never respects his associates and has the habit of backstabbing his party (BJD) leaders. During the launch of party manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’ for Odisha elections 2019, Amit […]

Naveen's address continues to be laced with centre's neglect issue

Rayagada/Gajapati: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led Central Government for neglecting the people of Odisha while providing assistance for the damage caused by the severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ in October last year. Addressing poll meeting in Gunupur, Naveen alleged that the Centre was unfair in providing Cyclone Titli assistance to […]

Triangular contest on cards in Odisha's Berhampur Lok Sabha seat

Berhampur: Once a pocket borough of the Congress, Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency, with its seven assembly segments, is poised for a triangular contest in the upcoming polls. While the Congress seems to be struggling to regain its lost glory, the ruling BJD is leaving no stone unturned to score a hat-trick in the seat in […]

Elections 2019: BJP promises 'New Odisha' in its manifesto 'Sankalp Patra'

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today released its manifesto named ‘Sankalp Patra’ for the Odisha elections 2019, with assurance that the party will work towards the formation of a ‘New Odisha’ by prioritising on poverty alleviation, creation of jobs, women empowerment, education, industrialisation, corruption, farmers’ issues, healthcare and overall cultural development. The manifesto was […]